Hopefully my query falls within the scope of this forum! I'm struggling to understand and differentiate between the various 'collections' at FamilySearch in order to craft an accurate citation...
Take the following image (leaving aside the issue of persistent URLs): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS7R-XQ8J-5
To get here, I did a global search on the homepage for 'Harold Lamonby Saker'. One of the results is from the database titled "South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950," as noted in FS's provided citation. Upon viewing the image itself and checking the Information tab, it is apparent that the Catalog Record is titled something different: "Deceased estates, 1846-1950". This particular estate file falls within the film described as "no. 748-1132 1948", which corresponds with the file provided on South Africa's National Archives National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). Before this database was indexed on FS, images had to be browsed manually, with the aid of the details provided on NAAIRS.
Given this information, which database should my citation mention? Is the catalog/collection even considered a database in this context?
I am of the 'cite the database first' persuasion, especially where I am likely to use multiple images from the same collection, so I would start off with that. The problem then arises as to how I include detail/waypoints for finding the image again. Before the collection was indexed, it was vital to know the film and image numbers; now it is easy enough to search globally and quickly bring up the image. But this is not the case for every database on FS, and it still seems important to be able to show someone how to get to the image independent of the search facility (especially if the cited URL is for the homepage and not pointing directly at a record or database).
(A side issue is a database which has DGS numbers only - no film numbers - for example, this cremation record: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9S9-NGQJ).
For the estate file, I was thinking a first full citation along these lines, but it doesn't seem quite right to me (particularly the 'path' cited in layer 2 – and whether I use the root URL or the URL that links directly to the image being referenced):
Master of the Supreme Court (Pietermaritzburg, Natal), "Deceased Estates, 1846-1950," death notice, file 926/1948 for Harold Lamonby Saker; consulted as "South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ : accessed 20 May 2019), FHL microfilm 1,768,608 > image 968 of 2407; citing "Natal Archives Depot, Pietermaritzburg."
I would appreciate your input!